Norman Van Aken is the Chef/Owner of the award-winning
restaurant NORMAN'S in the historic Coral Gables
section of Miami. He is the "Father of New World
Cuisine" and coined the terms, "New World Cuisine"
as well as "Fusion Cuisine." His culinary philosophy
is "to create a marriage of the sensual and rustic
with the classic and intellectual in a celebration
of the various places we live.
Chef Van Aken
has cooked, consulted, written and lectured on
"New World Cuisine" internationally. He has appeared
on CNN, "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning,"
"TVFN," "Emeril Live" and many other programs.
His work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME,
Newsweek, Charlie Trotter's Cookbooks, Australia's
Vogue and many more. Norman Van Aken is the exclusive
Celebrity Chef for United Airlines for all flights
to Latin America and the Caribbean.
GQ "Man of the Year: Chef Category"
Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner
1998 & 1999
United Airlines, "Chef in the Sky": Latin America
& The Caribbean
of the James Beard Foundationís, "Best Chef:
Institute of America Graduation Commencement
Light Magazine: "10th Anniversary Enlightened
Julia Child: "IACP Awards of Excellence, Chef
of the "Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence"
for "The First International James Beard Dinner,
an Honorary Doctorate from Johnson & Wales University
NEW WORLD CUISINE," Random House, 1997
"Best Chef Authored Cookbook of 1997" by the
Julia Child/IACP Awards.
"The Great Exotic Fruit Book and Posters," 1995
the first book on the new Florida cooking, "A
Feast of Sunlight", 1988
Chef on the Discovery Channel's "Great Chefs
of the South"
On the Advisory
Board to Boston's "Oldways Preservation and
Exchange Trust's," and "International Diets
of Latin America"
On the Executive
Board of the American Institute of Wine and
Food, South Florida
The New York
Times: "Considered the best restaurant in South
"NORMAN'S is an extraordinary experience-There
is no other place like it in Miami"
"Golden Dish 1998 Winner"
Sunday Telegraph: "Arguably, the best restaurant
in the Miami, 1998"
"America's Top Tables" 1996, 1997, 1998
"The Top Twenty-Five Restaurants in America,
"Award of Excellence 1997, 1998"
The New York
Daily News: "Best restaurant south of Paris"
Magazine: "Winner of the Golden Spoon Award,
1996 & 1997"
Magazine: "One of the Best New Restaurants in
the Country, 1995"
Nast Traveler: "Top 10 restaurants in America"
"Best New Restaurant in America, 1995" by The
James Beard Foundation
Condé Nast Internet site, "Epicurious"
Five Diamond Award" for NORMAN'S and Norman